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Motivating the workforce: beyond the 'two-factor' model


Shannon, EA, Motivating the workforce: beyond the 'two-factor' model, Australian Health Review Article AH16279. ISSN 0156-5788 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AH16279


Objective: The aim of the present study was to understand the factors motivating health and human services professionals in the workplace, thus adding to the body of knowledge associated with employee motivation.

Methods: Brainstorming research was performed on frontline and emerging managers in Tasmanian public sector organisations. Coding categories were inductively developed from the data, then deductively analysed using Herzberg’s two-factor model.

Results: Communication was the most significant factor affecting staff motivation. When described as ‘good’, it was open, honest, appropriate and timely. Emotional factors, including a sense of being respected and valued, were also highly regarded. Material resources, such as budgets, staffing and physical amenities, were the third most cited factor affecting workforce motivation.

Conclusions: Contrary to most previous research, the present study found that some factors – like communication or resources – could be a source of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, depending on whether they supported the individual and the team. The research method chosen in the present study differed from most using the two-factor model in that it did not use closed survey questions. The breadth of these results reflects the ability to provide a more nuanced response.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health care administration, performance management, workplace motivation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health care administration
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Public sector productivity
UTAS Author:Shannon, EA (Dr Elizabeth Shannon)
ID Code:123243
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-12-22
Last Modified:2018-08-24

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